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The Six Jewel Rivers (Mu Tamagawa)

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Diptych (two sheets of hexaptych): 11.14946 (left), 11.14947 (right) From an incomplete hexaptych, sheets 4 and 5 from right. MFA impressions: First edition, pub. Fushimiya Zenroku, limited colors: 06.721 (sheet 3); 11.14948 (sheet 4); 21.6187VR (sheets 4-6; 21.6187, 21.7358, 63.1074); 21.7356...

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Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1785–89 (late Tenmei era)

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Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 6, Musee Guimet I (1990), pl. 111 (complete hexaptych); Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 7 (1980), #193 (complete hexaptych)


Vertical ôban diptych; 39 x 52.5 cm (15 3/8 x 20 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper